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Grateful Dead Live at Parc des Expositions on 1974-09-18

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Grateful Dead Live at Parc des Expositions on 1974-09-18

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Uncle John's Band, Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Black Throated Wind, Scarlet Begonias, Mexicali Blues, Row Jimmy, Beat It On Down The Line, Deal, The Race is On, To Lay Me Down, Playin' In The Band Phil & Ned*, Loose Lucy, Big River, Peggy-O, Me & My Uncle, Eyes Of The World > China Doll > He's Gone > Truckin' (1) > Drums > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam > Ship Of Fools, Johnny B. Goode; E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Parc des Expositions
Location Dijon, France

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD -> Rm -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
Transferred by Charlie Miller


SBD -> Rm -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs SHN)

SHN'd By Charlie Miller from Pre-FM GDH Production Discs


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2015
Subject: --
Opening with this beautiful UJB, you can be confident you're in for a great show...overall it's a little precarious (check that hilarious misfire on Loose Lucy, which still can't get itself right vocally) but lots of fun, confident, clear as a bell in that '74 fashion. Playin' takes it jam-wise...China Doll is incredibly gorgeous, balanced on a knife's edge.

Doesn't scale the heights of 9/11/74, but if you're looking for something French from this tour, do this one way, way before those Bobby-less Paris china-white shows.
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2013
Subject: They can't all be gems
A little trouble on Loose Lucy, causing a re-start a few bars in. Sounds to me like the drumming rhythm was off right from the beginning, but they just couldn't correct it quite enough to continue on. I love it when they mess up. You just don't see this after the 1975 break. It proves they were still learnin' and hadn't become the gods they morphed into later in the '70s. They came close to another restart in Eyes until they hit the first verse.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2011
Subject: 9/18/74
I could tell after listening to opening song UJB, this was going to be a good show. To my ears the audio is fantastic with every instrument standing out clearly in the mix. UJB is played with a jazzy flow that I hadn't heard come alive in that song before. The band seemed to be in a groove right from the start. I have been going through my 74 shows as of late, and this show really stands out for me. It has that mellow, jazzy, psychedelic flow that only the Dead can provide. Love this site. The Music will never stop!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2010
Subject: a gem
beautiful, wonderful very underrated show...many highlights including the epic UJB opener, note perfect jack straw and FOTD, and one of the greatest Row Jimmys ever- jerry is second to none in this one. the second set jams including eyes, truckin and the caution jam are of high quality and quite inspired. a few misfires, like any show (ship of fools comes to mind) but overall this is one of the best of the year and the finest of euro '74, a tour with a lot of ups and downs imho.
Reviewer: LockenStein - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2009
Subject: Monster Bombs!
Phil is dropping them all over France here! Man is this a superb laid back show or what? Black Throated Wind! The Eyes->China, love it all! Love me some 74.
Reviewer: BRad B. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2008
Subject: Very nice and slow
This was one of my favorate tapes and I wore it out years ago. It is so nice to have it back. Thanks Internet Archive and Charlie Miller for the crispy board.

I personally really like the Dead better when they are slow and jazzy. This show is all about MELLOW and PSYCHEDELIC!! It's music for the second half of the trip, you know the ironic mellow coming down and sustained after glow. Enjoy and be kind.
Reviewer: as1307 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2007
Subject: '74 GD jazz
this is an excellent '74, really showing the band it is jazzy fusion mode during the big jams, which must be heard.
first set's playing does have, as a another reviewer pointed out, a SUPER FUNKY little riff that garcia repeats a few times. listening to seastones (and the feedback explorations from '68 & '69 for that matter) really makes wonder about the possible influence GD had on the american noise scene (see groups like wolf eyes, black dice, etc.) i love this stuff, and this one is great, but obviously not for everyone. ok, the truckin > jam is the real highlight of the show and features some of the best jazzy improvisations of this superlative year (and pretty much all others too). it's about 23 minutes long and features a drums/bass segment and what is labeled as the caution jam. i will mention that very early on, weir introduces the mind left body theme and garcia is right there with him, all over it, before lesh begins the 'caution' bass. so for a couple of minutes you get this MLB/caution hybrid jam (see 10/18/78 for the mojo/MLB mix...). its already cliche to call godchaux's rhodes playing during this era hancock-esque but really it is, and this whole jam has a strong bitchs-brew era electric miles feel (actually, the whole thing reminds me of 'pharoahs dance' off that record). great jam that actually gets pretty frenzied at its climax, with very very strong playing by everyone. amazing, really.
Reviewer: spacedface - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2007
Subject: Caution for Allah
The Caution Jam makes me happy, hearing so many familiar themes esp from Blues for Allah.
Reviewer: aboykin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2007
Subject: Stellar
This is just a great show, with the exception of Jerry letting Donna Jean out of her cage a couple times during Playin'. Nobody screws up a good Playin' worse than Donna Jean. She is the reason I have shyed away from '74 in the past. This is a great Peggy-O. However, this show is best taken as a whole. Certainly my favorite show from '74. Zero white stars for this one.
Reviewer: Chris Freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2007
Subject: Once in a while we get shown the light
Used to have this on tape long ago, have to agree with the glowing reviews this is a mellow and very kind show.

My wife passed away in 2003 with a malignant brain tumor. The 'To Lay me Down' on this recording comes damn near close to how I feel when I let myself think about what I had and what I lost.

The rest of the show causes me to count my blessings and reminds me that this really was a band beyond description and although life can throw us some heavy challenges it is a good journey.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2007
Subject: Peggy O and To Lay Me Down
These are the best versions of these songs and nothing comes remotely close. This show is easily in the the top ten of my all-time list. They transcended themselves. Each member of the band is expressing himself in just the right way, at just the right time, when you least expect it, and exactly when you do expect it.

The Row Jimmy and Friend of the Devil is up there, too -- Jerry's solos are heartbreaking.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2007
Subject: For all you Phil Phanatics- this is a beautiful board
If you are like me and love being able to hear Phil clear as a whistle- this is a show for you- among so many good 74 shows. this is a MUST listen- Deadbase has the recording ranked as the 13th best of the year- for those who care- but this is very nice

Edit- This was one one of the casettes that I got recently- fantastic- great Keith show as well as Phil as I mentioned earlier- a beauty and overlooked

Revised 3/27- Giving this another listen- the Caution is downright mahavishnaish- great great improv jam- listen to this if you listen to anything at all from this show- it is in my top 25.
Reviewer: AlaskanSalmonHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2006
Subject: Dijon "the great"
For those of you whom haven't yet heard (or known) of this fantastic show, "now is the time"!
It features one of the best first sets you'll ever hear! And this show has a been a personal favorite of mine since I first got a cassette of it 16 years ago. The first set does have vocal issues (in the mix) on Loose Lucy & Big River as mentioned. But absolutely check this one out!
Jah-erry....ONE LOVE
(there is a bootleg vinyl set of this - 4 LP's)
Reviewer: Kevy-O - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2006
Subject: It feels happy,
And its music for all ages.
Reviewer: jfk62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2006
Subject: Merci a Monsieur Miller
Thanks, Charlie, for another outstanding show! The recording is incredible - very clean. I am listening to my newly burned cd and it sounds soooo good. I am surprised that this is not a Dicks Picks or vault release yet. Great 3 1/2 hour concert. Excellent mix with Phil very present, but not overwhelming - everyone's contribution can be heard. Don't miss this one - one the year's best (I've been going through the Archive one year at a time.)
Reviewer: JackStrawFromWichita - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2006
Subject: Vocal Tracks
The Vocal tracks seem to be really low and almost inaudible on Loose Lucy and Big River... at least on what I was streaming.
Reviewer: JackStrawFromWichita - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2006
Subject: Vocal Tracks
The Vocal tracks seem to be really low and almost inaudible on Loose Lucy and Big River... at least on what I was streaming.
Reviewer: redsoxfansince72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: Better than the Bertha Mix
I STRONGLY disagree with the reviewer who stated the Bertha remix of this show is far superior. I should know - I downloaded that version over this one based on what he said. IMHO, this Charlie Miller version is far better. The sound is much more full and to my ears, the Bertha remix sounds tinny, almost 'dolby-ized'. I have heard people say before that the Bertha mixes sound tinny but this is the first time I have noticed it. I usually like the Bertha mixes - take 9-20-90 for example - but this time I would recommend going with either this mix by Mr Charlie Miller or the 'Pre-FM' SBD that was previously uploaded. I chose this one simply because the Pre-FM version is missing the encore. Oh, and the show is just plain SICK BTW... Happy Listening!
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2005
Subject: Every '74 gets a five
9/18's first disc may be the '74 equivalent of 11/11/73's first disc in respect to the polish that is put into the early songs. 9/18's "Playin'" has that space funk riff from out of nowhere that rivals something from Parliament and, although I don't hear it, many feel is a prototype of the "Shakedown" lick. Two "Dews," what's that? A third of all the "Dews" in '74 right there? Oh yeah, 9/11's "Ship of Fools" is my favorite of '74, not only tight, but has that wonderful fake ending before the last lick whallops you a beat or two later than usual. 9/10's "NFA" links up to "Ramble on Rose" via a Jerry connecting passage, listen and see.

In short, an underrated tour with more than a few surprises and inventions. Yeah, October is even better and more glittering, but this is a fine and most exotic (9/11 "Eyes") jewel in the touring crown of '74.
Reviewer: The Dragonfly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2005
Subject: One of the best of Europe '74
I first heard this on a double bootleg LP, which in hindsight I did not appreciate. Years later, hearing this concert in context with the rest of the summer and fall of 1974 concerts, this concert stands out from the crowd. The sound quality is great for a soundboard - a unique time when all the instruments and vocals are very well balanced. There is a lot of inspired jamming in this show, from the wonderfully drawn out Eyes of the World to the honorable reference of the defunct Caution Do Not Stop On Tracks late in the second set. There is magic here, an inspired group synergy absent in an increasing number of 1974 shows. I tend to be too critical in my reviews, but (surprise, surprise!) I have nothing negative to say about this show. Uncle John's Band sets the mood for the entire concert - ambition, accomplishment and exploration. Phil drops bombs and ascends melodies like an eagle with Big Boy in tow. Keith pounds out inverted chordal phrasing that are a cross between the warped classicism of Shostakovich and the juke-ass-boogie of Jerry Lee Lewis. They sit perfectly well counter-point to what Jerry is doing. And speaking of Jerry... he's chasing the Tiger with lots of mind-bending 16th note arpeggios and runs that invite a scrutinizing ear. Even Peggy-O, a limp vibe-dampener that Jerry loved singing, is inspiring in the context of so much jamming. Check it out. Well worth downloading. The Bertha remasters have improved the sound a little. The playing, however, will transcend any auditory limitations in any of the sources.
Reviewer: thescenekilledhim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2004
Subject: Thank You
I just about fell out of my seat when I finally listened to Phil dropping those bombs on Peggy-O. This is one of the first tapes I got when I was in high school in the 80s. Coming across this again is truly like running into a long lost friend. Brings back such memories, and the music is as great as I remember it. Thank you to whoever posted this!!
Reviewer: KidKoala - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2004
Subject: B+ sound ; B music
a decently inspired show, the playing is good. The sound quality is good, but not great. Its lacking that 'oomph'..maybe its the midrange. I dunno..
Reviewer: dead trail - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: Tasty Dijon
I, too, had the vinyl years back and was thrilled to find the show here in all it's glory. Do yourself a favor, the Bertha re-master, also available here on the archive, is a far superior sound source.
Download a song from each source and compare them back and
forth. You'll appreciate what they accomplish with the Bertha re-masters.
Reviewer: cheyler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2004
Subject: Sound 5 : Show 4
This is a sweet, sweet show. First bought it on boot vinyl years ago and the quality of the show came through even with that particular handicap. Download this and you will never need to look for a better version, this is it. The sound quality is top-notch, couldn't be surpassed except by a multi-track release. This is one of those shows where the band creates a vibe and runs with it, not a patchwork of songs, everything flows naturally. That used to happen pretty frequently in 1973-74 I guess...
Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2004
Subject: Coin Flip
Or eeny-meeny...I'd go with this, the middle offering. The first has Garcia's guitar a slight bit lower in the mix. The vocals on the third offering are a touch hollow. Stream "Race is On" for reference. All three are excellent.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2004
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: Top Ten!
Another sleeper show that will knock your socks off. This whole Europe 74 tour is kinda hit and miss because of certain overindulgences (read the book) but when they were clear and focused, they were inspired. This has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Again if you want long cosmic jams, go get 5/14 or 2/24. But the playing here is very tight and exciting. There's not a weak track to be found. Once again, Jerry starts both sets - that's a clue. A long and well sung Uncle John welcomes us to the show (shades of Sgt. Pepper!)
and they proceed to do studio quality versions of Jack Straw, FOTD (not since 12/11/72), Scarlet and To Lay Me Down. The Playin is, well, I can only think of two others in 74 that rate as high, 5/21 and 6/16. Jazz fusion at it's best. Over half an hour and simply amazing. Listen how Jerry twists and morphs the themes. Listen to Bill's outstanding drumming, and Keith's Herbie Hancock style Fender Rhodes work.
Set 2 delivers yet another super Eyes>China Doll.
And then, and then they reach into the magic bag and pull out - the first Caution Jam since 1969!! (the jam, not the 1972 song) Wow, it's powerful with Phil giving it all he's got.If you've got Dick's Picks #7 from 9/74, get this one. Maybe better? Heartily and kindly recommended. Someone else please review this one and tell me I'm not alone, LOL. You're in for a treat.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
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